|Type of Tour:||Hidden Gems|
|Guide Price:||From £419 to £834 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts, 1 lunch and 1 dinner (3 Days)|
3 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner (4 Days)
|Number of Winery Visits:||2 wineries (3 Days)|
5 wineries (4 Days)
|Number of Wines Tasted:||Approximately 10 (3 Days)|
Approximately 26 (4 Days)
|Tour Transport:||Taxi transfers between the wineries (3 Days)|
Taxi transfers between the local wineries and 1 full day transported tour (4 Days)
|Dates / Availability:||Available mid-week and weekends throughout the year. Please note that Saturday to Monday trips are not possible for logistical reasons.|
If you are looking to relax, unwind and taste superb wines in a beautiful and romantic setting, the Essential Break at Château de Mazan is the trip for you. The 4* Château de Mazan is the former residence of the Marquis de Sade, an 18th Century French aristocrat, politician and writer who was infamous for his outrageous and libertine lifestyle. His stunning Château is an ideal destination for a serene and pampered stay and an ideal base from which to discover the delights of the Southern Rhône and Provençal wines.
After checking in and enjoying a peaceful evening at the Château, a pre-booked a pre-paid taxi will escort you between each destination on day two. During the course of the day, you will visit two premium wine-making Châteaux. You will firstly be welcomed as the guests of a family-run winery, situated at the foot of the Ventoux mountains. Following a full tour of the estate, seeing first-hand the fascinating wine-making process from vine to bottle, an extensive tasting session will ensue. A picnic lunch will have been prepared for you here and this can be enjoyed in a picturesque spot in the Château’s grounds. The afternoon will be spent having a tour of the estate and cellars of a second wine-maker, whose historical Château dates back to the 9th Century. Your visit will conclude with tastings of the domaine’s Côtes du Ventoux wines. You will be taken back to the Château at the end of the day and in the evening, a three course dinner will be served in the Château’s gourmet restaurant. Please note that drinks have not been included as part of the package and can be ordered and paid for locally on the evening.
For those staying for a third night, you will be met at the Château by an English-speaking specialist guide on the morning of day three, for a full day transported tour of the world-famous Châteauneuf-du-Pape appellation. You will start by looking at the unusual terroir that is responsible for the ultra-ripe grapes that come from its vines and will then visit the cuverie of a wine maker, to understand their wine making philosophy. The visit will conclude with tastings of their award-winning wines. Following the morning’s activities, you will be welcomed to dine in a quintessentially French bistrot for lunch. In the afternoon, you will then continue your tour, visiting a further two Châteauneuf-du-Pape wineries. You will be taken back to the Château at the end of the day.
(ii) The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
Sara- Herefordshire, UK
Please contact us to request further details and a full list of tour upgrades.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of France! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Avignon airport is around 40 minutes from the Château by taxi. Avignon is less well served by direct flights than Marseille, which is around an hour and a quarter’s drive. Flying to Nîmes and taking an hour and a quarter’s drive is also an option. Grape Escapes is ATOL registered, number 10831 and we would be happy to book your flights at cost, however a booking fee of £25 per person applies. Please feel free to use our car hire engine for a competitive hire car quote. Please contact us for private transfer prices from Avignon.
The journey time with Eurostar from London via Paris or Lille to Avignon is six hours and you would then need to take a taxi to the Château. Between July and September, there is one direct train every Saturday from London. We would be happy to book your tickets for you at cost, however a booking fee of £20 per person applies
For more information on our Hidden Gem Breaks, please see our Hidden Gems page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
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